Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Well, Payton is one week old and already we're having some excitement in our house! Kevin started his externship (AHEC) this week and shortly before he came home today, Alexa had been playing on/near the coffee table. We're not sure if she rolled off or just lost her footing next to the table, but the next thing my mom and I knew, she was crying on the floor. Now, we've had our fair share of bumps and bruises and normally, Alexa is over and done with the trauma within seconds. That wasn't the case this time. 45 minutes after it happened, when Kevin finally arrived home, Alexa was STILL crying and complaining about her left arm. She had let both my mom and I touch it and move it but she wouldn't move it herself. This wasn't like her at all. So...after several attempts to contact friends in the ward who might know how to help us, and other friends for advice...we finally decided to take her to the Kosair Children's Express at Norton Suburban Hospital. And because I'm nursing, I couldn't leave a 1 week old at home with my mom, so we all packed up and headed to the ER....and proceeded to spend the rest of the evening there. After having Alexa's arm manipulated once by the ER pediatrician, sent for x-rays, and manipulated a second time by the doctor...I was done. I just sat in the hallway outside the x-ray room and cried while Alexa screamed and then I cried like a baby again while the doctor looked at her arm the 2nd time. My little girl was hurting and I could do nothing about it.
Thankfully though, nothing was broken but they said it would take a few days to heal. We're grateful that our first ER visit with Alexa wasn't worse.
***Ouchie's now been a week and a half since she hurt her arm and she's pretty well back to full use. She still favors it from time to time and still says she has a "boo-boo" but for the most part it's behind us.

Friends are Chosen Family!!

I have made some amazing friends while living here in Louisville. Last night, just 6 days after Payton was born, a girls' night was arranged and since some of these fabulous ladies were/are moving, I decided to get out of the house for a couple of hours to bask in their company one last time. Thankfully, I had my mom to help and so she, Payton and I went to enjoy a milkshake at Steak'N'Shake. I am so grateful to these wonderful women (not everyone could be there unfortunately), for their love, support and friendship. They make living away from family a whole lot easier!
***My favorite part of the picture is the guy at the table behind us who wanted to be in the pic!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can you tell who is who???

Well, I'm pretty sure that I have the ability to clone myself. It's now happened not ONCE...but TWICE!! And to prove are a three sets of photos for you to guess which is Alexa and which is Payton! Good luck and don't peek at the bottom of the post where I'll post the answers!
Set #1: Picture A
Picture B
Set #2: Picture A
Picture B
Set #3: Picture A
Picture B
Answers: Set #1: Picture A - Payton, Picture B - Alexa
Set #2: Picture A - Alexa, Picture B - Payton
Set #3: Picture A - Payton, Picture B - Alexa

The tradition continues...

When I was a little girl, I would make cinnamon rolls with my mom. In fact, it's one of my earliest memories. Well...while my mom has been here to help with Payton, she's also been spending a lot of time with Alexa (also a part of the plan!!)...and they decided to do some baking, including cinnamon rolls. Alexa had a blast and I thought it was fun that it was something I used to do with my mom. Now, I just need to learn how to make them so Alexa, Payton and I can continue the tradition!

Our Welcome Home!

The day we came home from the hospital with Payton, this was waiting for us. However, it rained shortly after and we didn't get a picture of the original, which included a lot of Alexa's original artwork! So Grandma and Alexa tried to re-create it but Alexa wasn't as interested as the first time!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Payton's 1st Bath

As you can see...Payton REALLY enjoyed her first bath at home!! Poor Alexa was more traumatized though by Payton's crying. She kept saying "no more mom, no more" and "stop mom, stop" I could keep Payton from crying!! So I just kept telling her Payton was okay, she just wasn't used to taking a bath like Alexa was. It was so cute though to see how concerned she was for her little sister! She's definitely taken to her and always wants to know where she is and what she's doing. Payton is so lucky to have such a great big sister!


Alexa has taken to her "liddle sister" so well! She absolutely LOVES her. She wants to hold her all the time and "do it myself". She thinks Payton is "so cute" and is concerned every time she cries. My favorite is she tells me ALL the time "eewwwweeeee mom, taypon stinks", and that I need to change her bum. If Alexa had her way, we'd be going through a pack of diapers a day!
Anyways, I love that Alexa loves Payton and I hope it blossoms into a great friendship as they grow older! Aren't sisters great??!!